Hi Wake Me Up
Hope your son pulls through with flying colors!
You touched on the blood policies with this JW acquaintance. I think it wise to respond to this one subject alone. Now I'm going to ask you to answer a list of questions on blood. I want the answers from you. But of course you will need help to answer them biblically so you can humbly ask help from your JW friend. They are not your questions so you are covered if you choose to use them.
Here we go:
a. Which components of blood are acceptable and which ones are not? What is the scriptural basis for this distinction?
b. Why is plasma unacceptable when all of its elements and fractions are on the WTS acceptable list? Plasma is made up of 92 % water, albumin and fibrinogen and other proteins. What's the problem?
c. Why are white blood cells banned when 97 percent of the white cells are not found in the blood stream but in organ tissues that are permitted by the WTS to transplant? Of course millions are transferred with every transplant. By the way, 12 times more white blood cells are found in a mother's milk than in the blood. Millions are passed from mother to child at every feeding. Seems that Jehovah doesn't abide by the same rules JWs do.
d. Why is it sinful to store whole blood? Where is the biblical exception that allows JWs to have their blood stored in tubes for lab technicians to test? By the way, only blood of animals that were slain by Jews under the law was to be poured out. No one was slain to acquire the blood stored in blood banks.
e. Why is it alright to use the life-saving fractions (eg. Factors VIII and IX) derived from the donated and stored blood of others when these products were stored immorally. And aren't hemophiliac Witnesses leeches when they take these blood products without contributing to the blood bank themselves?
f. Where is the rule found that it is OK to remove blood from the body to be cleaned..as long as there is no interruption in it's flow back to the body?
g. Why did it take JWs over 70 years to find these rules out when they are so obvious to JWs now. And didn't Jesus appoint the F&DS in 1919 when JWs were still being encouraged to work for the Red Cross as alternative service and give and receive transfusions when necessary?
Now regarding the actual eating of blood:
h. Can anything that goes into the mouth of a Christian defile him? Ro.14:14
i. Assuming that there is no one around with a weak conscience, should Christians ask questions of conscience about meat served in the home of a pagan idol worshiper who is known to eat things strangled?
j. Why do you think Jews could eat animals found dead in their fields (unbled) with relative impunity. They would merely have to wash their clothes and be unclean until evening.
Levitcus 11:38,39 - "If an animal that you are allowed to eat dies, anyone who touches its carcass will be unclean till evening. Anyone who eats some of its carcass must wash their clothes, and they will be unclean till evening. Anyone who picks up the carcass must wash their clothes, and they will be unclean till evening."
k. Could it be that the dietary laws in Acts 15 were temporary, designed to help unify Jews and Gentiles. If so your organization has had blood on its hands since 1945 and even before with it's outlawing of vaccinations and later organ transplants.
At least make her think.